The 18th Day

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The 18th Day
Studio album by Estelle
Released 18 October 2004 (2004-10-18)[1]
Recorded 2003–04
Genre Hip hop, R&B, soul
Label V2
Producer Estelle (aka E-Boogie), John Legend, Mike Peden, Jimmy Hogarth, Rich Shelton, Kevin Veney, Loren Hill, Thayod Ausar, Omar Edwards, James Poyser, The Atmostfear/Monsoon Music, Tiger Wilson/Ms. Wilson Oldest Boy, Joe Buhdha, Colin Emmanuel, "You Can Ask" Giz, The Atmostfear, Drew Horley, Joe Buhdha
Estelle chronology
The 18th Day
(2004)
Shine
(2008)
Singles from The 18th Day
  1. "1980"
    Released: 19 July 2004
  2. "Free"
    Released: 4 October 2004
  3. "Go Gone"
    Released: 29 March 2005
  4. "Dance with Me (remix)"
    Released: July 2005
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[2]
BBC Music mixed[3]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[4]
The Independent 3/5 stars[5]
MEN News 4/5 stars[6]
Sputnikmusic 3.5/5[7]
Stylus Magazine favorable[8]
Uncut 3/10[9]

The 18th Day is the debut album by hip hop singer Estelle. The first edition was released on 18 October 2004[1] and the second edition on 4 April 2005.

Although voted best newcomer at the 2004 MOBO awards, for some, Estelle's debut, The 18th Day, has been a long time coming. One of the most respected female rappers in the UK, Estelle's style effortlessly eschews the trappings of sounding like her US counterparts and gives her a really natural, British, flow.

The album is almost split into two distinct styles: one half funky, UK R&B hip-hop whereas the other more downbeat and soulful. Opening track "1980" sums up the early part—the backing a wall of sound and the catchy vocals reminiscing about growing up. "Dance Bitch" is slightly more US sounding where one can hear echoes of Missy Elliott; "Go Gone" is fun and poppy, sounding like an update on the classic Northern Soul sound; and "Free" is a bouncy funk number and also second single.

For the ballad "I Wanna Love You", Estelle slips more into singing mode and her confidence grows with each subsequent song. "Crazy" shows off the range and dexterity of her voice, it may not be that of a world-class soul diva but it's strong and the phrasing is fantastic.

One big highlight is, "I'm Gonna Win"—dramatic, rousing and an uplifting moment on a really enjoyable album. On The 18th Day there is very little filler and whilst the heavy ballad section can be a little bit too much, it never falls into bland mediocrity.

Singles[edit]

"1980" was released on 19 July 2004. "Free" was released on 4 October 2004. "Go Gone" was released on 29 March 2005.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "1980"   Estelle, R. Shelton, K. Veney, L. Hill 4:01
2. "Don't Talk" (featuring Baby Blue) Estelle, Shelton, Veney, Hill, K. Harper, R. Prager, H. Swaray 3:39
3. "Dance Bitch"   Estelle, C. Wilson 3:47
4. "Change Is Coming"   Estelle, E. Banks 4:01
5. "Go Gone"   Estelle, C. Emmanuel 3:31
6. "Free" (featuring Megaman) Estelle, Megaman, J. Hogarth 3:30
7. "I Wanna Love You"   Estelle, Banks 3:55
8. "Maybe"   Estelle, O. Edwards 5:45
9. "Crazy"   Estelle, B. Muhammad, F. Oliphant, R. Shaw 3:54
10. "Hey Girl" (featuring John Legend and Baby Blue) Estelle, Prager, R. Douglas, J. Stephens 6:15
11. "All Over Again" (featuring Royston) Estelle, Emmanuel, A. Simpson 4:15
12. "Dance with Me"   Estelle, M. Peden, Swaray, C. Russell 3:41
13. "On and On"   Estelle, Muhammad, Shaw, N. Robinson Jr., C. Amorrelli 3:47
14. "I'm Gonna Win"   Peretti, Creatore, Weiss 3.43
15. "Freedom" (featuring Talib Kweli & John Legend, Bonus track) Estelle, Stephens, T. K. Greene 5:08

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The 18th day by Estelle". iTunes. Archived from the original on 2013-07-05. Retrieved 2013-07-05. 
  2. ^ "The 18th Day... – Estelle". Allmusic. Archived from the original on 2013-07-05. Retrieved 2013-07-05. 
  3. ^ Carter, Chris (2004). "Estelle The 18th Day Review". BBC. BBC Music. Archived from the original on 2013-07-05. Retrieved 2013-07-05. 
  4. ^ Sullivan, Caroline (2004-10-15). "Estelle, The 18th Day". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 2013-07-05. Retrieved 2013-07-05. 
  5. ^ Gill, Andy (2004-10-15). "Album: Estelle – The 18th Day, V2". The Independent. Archived from the original on 2013-07-05. Retrieved 2013-07-05. 
  6. ^ Taylor, Paul (2004-10-26). "Estelle - The 18th Day (V2)". Manchester Evening News. Archived from the original on 2013-07-05. Retrieved 2013-07-05. 
  7. ^ Boy, Davey (2009-04-07). "Estelle – The 18th Day". Sputnikmusic. Archived from the original on 2013-07-05. Retrieved 2013-07-05. 
  8. ^ Edwards, Mark (2004-11-30). "Estelle – The 18th Day – Review". Stylus Magazine. stylusmagazine.com. Archived from the original on 2013-07-05. Retrieved 2013-07-05. 
  9. ^ "Estelle – The 18th Day". Uncut. Archived from the original on 2013-07-05. Retrieved 2013-07-05. 

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